Aspiring Author Contest
Aspiring fiction authors, take a step closer to having your dreams come true by entering the 2014 Romance Slam Jam Aspiring Author Contest.
Genres: Black Romance and Women’s Fiction
Eligibility: If you have not had a full-length novel published by a traditional publisher, you are eligible for this contest. Therefore, if your publishing credits are, short stories, novellas, eBooks, poetry, nonfiction and or you are self-published, use a vanity and/or subsidy press, you are eligible.
Contest Registration is open: Registration Form
- Editor Shannon Criss (Harlequin Books) considers full submission for publication.
- Maxine Thomas (Maxine Thomas Literary Agency) reviews submission.
To help prepare contestants for submitting to publishing houses and agents, the entries will resemble a submission package sent to agents and publishers. Submissions are electronic (sent via email). The submission should be one Microsoft Word document with the following items included.
- 1 inch margins all around
- Font Times New Roman, 12pt
Include one attachment (MS Word document) with the following items:
- 1 page query letter single spaced addressed to:
Ms. C. Judge
2 Busy St.
New York, NY, 10101
Sign it Contestant.
- Synopsis double spaced (3 page max).
- 10 sample pages double spaced.
Cover page (this page does not count toward your 10 sample pages)
In the submission header, place the Novel Title / Author and Page Number
If you need an extra page or two to complete a scene, that’s okay.
All submissions must be received by 1 March 2014. The winner(s) will be announced at the Emma Awards Banquet during RSJ 2014. Winners not in attendance at the the Emma Awards will be notified by email the second week of May 2014.
Please make a $30 money order or cashiers check payable to: Romance Slam Jam
Make payment out to Romance Slam Jam.
Mail payment and RSJ Aspiring Author Registration Form to:
If you’d like to pay using PayPal, the fee is $35. Email payment and registration form to romanceslamjam2014 @ hotmail.com (remove spaces) Be sure to indicate what the payment is for.
Once payment and the RSJ Aspiring Author Registration Form have been received, instructions will be emailed to you on where to send the submission. Mail and eMail are not 100%. If you have mailed in your payment or submission and not received confirmation from Deatri, then contact her at rsjdeatri @ yahoo.com (remove spaces)
Please note: Registration fee is non-refundable and there is a minimum participation rate. If for some reason there aren’t enough participants, your contest registration fee will be fully refunded.
Refer any questions regarding the Romance Slam Jam Aspiring Authors contest to rsjdeatri @ yahoo dot com